Story Cities – Foundation Myth


Story Cities is an Arachne Press project, bringing together 42 writers and 51 stories about the city – any city, every city, in flash of under 500 words.

The brief for the book was: no names, no recognisable landmarks, and to fit one of the themes – termini, transport, hotels, cafes, squares and parks, markets, main streets, side streets and crossroads.

When I started thinking about it, my reaction was, no, this isn’t what makes a city, it’s the people.

Here’s some video of my contribution to the book, Foundation Myth, read at Greenwich Book Festival, same story, slightly different take.

and at the book launch, at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, also in Greenwich.

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Liberty Tales Lewisham videos


Videos of the Lewisham Library launch for Liberty Tales, with a snippet from Knitting for Demons… hmm. Reblogging recordings and videos doesn’t work! That’s annoying. I’ve uploaded my video, for the rest, follow the link to the original.

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Welcome to the Liberty Tales Lewisham videos (yes, I got the video to work!), not posted until now because I was too busy doing other events!

so here are:

David MathewsBorder Country

Jim CoganLag

Cherry PottsKnitting for Demons

Liam Hogan The King’s Computer

Incidentally, each time I post a snippet of video or audio, it will be a different pieces, so you can search around for more of the piece without repetition.

On which subject TODAY at 5pm, you can catch Katy Darby, Cassandra Passarelli, Liam Hogan and Carolyn Eden reading at Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX from 5pm, and if you buy a book they’ll sign it for you.

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Solstice Shorts: Longest Night, the Midwinter Wife


The  Midwinter Wife got another outing at Longest Night. Here is the peerless Annalie Wilson reading the shorter performance version

You can buy the full length print version in Latchkey Tales Clockwise – Midnight Blues

Vocal Chords sing Sea Coal at Nunhead Cemetery


Nunhead Cemetery Open Day is a fixture in our diaries. We sing in the ruined chapel after a rehearsal locally.This year there was a bit of a hitch as Mel hadn’t realised she was the wrong side of an enormous bike ride in the centre of London so she arrived just as we were due to go on. Actually I think it was good for us, we had to take responsibility for rehearsing, being sure of starting notes and listening really hard to each other.

So this video shows us looking slightly discombobulated, but sounding pretty damn good!

The Queen’s Safety


My story The Queen’s Safety was read at Liars’ League last week.

For those of you not in the audience, you can read, listen or watch the story (performed by Greg Page) on the Liars’ League site soon, but in the meantime, the video is on YouTube.